My chord melody arrangement of “Christmas Time is Here” (Part2)
My chord melody arrangement of “Christmas Time is Here” (Part 1)
The canyon on Thanksgiving morning 4:45am
The newest member of mi famiglia, a mint, black-out, 3 pickup, Nashville Deluxe, Fender TelecasterSuzy bought it for me for my birthday, along with a pair of (way too expensive) cowboy boots, from Austin. I have been shopping for a blue one just like @lilybmoonflower, but when I saw this one I couldn’t pass it up. I will try to photograph it in the sunlight because these pictures just don’t do it justice.
Another day in paradise.
Rams lost Toasting the perfect season of the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Now I can root for the Rams for the rest of the year.
Tremsetter installation. Guitar stays in tune when using the wiggle stick, bending doesn’t pull the other strings flat, chords and double stops no longer pull the guitar out of tune, no string flutter when playing aggressively, and better sustain.
A few months ago, my new Daughter-in-Law, Rachel, asked me to accompany her to sing “Blackbird.” It is a significant song in Michael’s life, and he even has a tattoo that says “take these broken wings and learn to fly,” and he says he remembers me playing that song to him when he was little. The truth is that I never knew the whole song, but I learned it for Rachel so she could sing it to him at their wedding. We had zero opportunity to rehearse because she lives in New York, and I live in California. We tried to use FaceTime and Skype, but there was too much latency, even using my gadget I invented, which has to be connected on both ends in order to work. Ultimately, I used my iPhone to record the guitar part and I texted it to her so that she could practice against it. It’s a pretty simple song, but it can be quite tricky for a vocalist, who is not playing along on guitar, to master the changes, which are tricky. Rachel connected her phone to a Bluetooth speaker, for amplification, and practiced it that way. The second video is one that she recorded of her singing along to my recording, and sent back to me. The 3rd video is the actual performance at her wedding, singing the song to my son, her new husband, Michael. (I don’t have the whole thing)
Michael & Rachel
Bear Mountain, NY
Friday night jam with DeWayne Quirico (Drums) of the Bobby Fuller Four (“I Fought the Law”) Grammy Hall of Fame, and Otis Hale (Sax) from the Sanford Townsend Band (“Smoke From a Distant Fire”), and Johnny Winter
No introduction needed.